"Nothing lacking, nothing superfluous"
In January 2013, the NESA and Surgical Perspective in Strasbourg, France, signed a scientific cooperation agreement. Surgical Perspective developed abdominal retractors and lifters which will enable endoscopic and natural orifice procedures with optimal sight and lower intraabdominal pressure, and, in certain operations, may enable single-surgeon procedures. The NESA will initiate and supervise the prospective randomised studies. This development is in line with the NESA's principle "Nothing missing, nothing superfluous".
The NESA's international, interdisciplinary surgical conference
The USP NESA Innovation Days 2012 conference was held in Palma de Mallorca (Spain) on September 13 – 15 in cooperation with the USP Hospital Palmaplanas, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS), the International Academy for Laser Medicine and Surgery (IALMS) and the Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Quebec (AOGQ). The conference focused on developments in telesurgery and novelties in surgical disciplines. The NESA initiative for the New European School of Medicine, NESOMed was presented for the first time. The conference was visited by participants from 26 countries. See pictures.
The next NESA conference will take place in cooperation with the SLS organisation on 28 – 31 AUGUST, 2013 in Reston, VA, USA. Click here for more information.
Preventive medicine as a new NESA discipline
During the NESA's yearly executive board meeting, which was held in Berlin on 23 January 2012, it was decided to add preventive medicine as the sixth discipline represented by the NESA. Prof. Werner Seebauer is responsible for this discipline.
The NESA and the USP hospital in Mallorca, Spain signed an academical cooperation agreement on January 11, 2011. The USP hospital, a highly developed, modern up-to-date hospital, is becoming a NESA teaching hospital where optimized evidence-based methods will be taught and national and international conferences will be held.
Please visit the website of USP Clínica Palmaplanas.
The NESA launched NESOMed, the New European School Of Medicine, which is based on centres of excellence. In November 2009, the First Academic Board Planning Meeting took place in Berlin. Delegates from 12 countries participated in the meeting. NESOMed is planned to be a European network with its first campus in London.
Telelap Alf-x – A new telesurgical concept and sytem.
The NESA is collaborating with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission and SOFAR S.p.A. in Milan, Italy concerning a novel telesurgical system, which has already been certified in Europe for clinical use. It is a new concept called Telelap Alf-x. The advantages of this system are universality, tactile sensing, safety, 3D vision with an eye-tracking system and cost-effectiveness, as low-cost disposable or reusable instruments can be used. An International Scientific Advisory Board has been appointed which accompanies the preclinical studies.
Researchers from SOFAR and the NESA are developing a new type of console which allows the surgeon to feel the tissues in his or her fingertips. This makes the usage of the system as similar as possible to open surgery, with the advantages of endoscopy, bringing about a renaissance of abdominal surgery.
Download the Brochure describing the system.
Following the successful 2011 surgical and ultrasound course in Senegal, the NESA, in cooperation with FIGO and MedicalAidFilms, conducted a similar course in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Between 12 and 17 June 2012, lectures and practical application were done at the Yalgado Ouedragogo hospital. Some 40 gynaecologists from Burkina Faso participated. Basic ultrasound was taught and optimal methods for vaginal hysterectomy and caesarean section were introduced. See pictures.
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